London middle-schooler wins county spelling bee

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The top two finishers in the Madison County Spelling Bee were runner-up Arabella Porter (left) from West Jefferson Middle School and champion Kolby Thoman of London Middle School.

(Posted Jan. 17, 2023)

The Madison County Spelling Bee took place on Jan. 10 at Tolles Career & Technical Center in Plain City. Kolby Thoman, an eighth-grader from London Middle School, emerged as the champion.

The competition featured 42 students in grades 5-8 from the Jonathan Alder, London, Madison-Plains, and West Jefferson school districts. All of the students participated in the written test and the oral bee. The oral bee went 12 rounds and lasted 90 minutes.

Heading into the fourth round of the bee, 12 students were still standing. In the 11th round, Thoman was the last correct speller with the word “reverberant.” He went on to win the competition in the 12th round with the word “reprisal.” Arabella Porter, a sixth-grader from West Jefferson Middle School, was the runner-up.

Grade level winners of the written test at the Madison County Spelling Bee are: (from left) fifth-graders Shrikar Rajasekaran of Canaan Middle School and Pearson Gifford of Norwood Elementary; sixth-grader Daniel Farmwald of Canaan Middle School; seventh-grade, Khloee Lemon of West Jefferson Middle School; and eighth-graders Lily Talik of Jonathan Alder Junior High and Tucker Phipps of West Jefferson Middle School.

Written test winners
• Fifth grade (tie): Shrikar Rajasekaran, Canaan Middle School (Jonathan Alder), and Pearson Gifford from Norwood Elementary (West Jefferson)
• Sixth grade: Daniel Farmwald from Canaan Middle School
• Seventh grade: Khloee Lemon from West Jefferson Middle School
• Eighth grade (tie): Tucker Phipps from West Jefferson Middle School and Lily Talik from Jonathan Alder Junior High

Oral Round Winners by Grade Level
• Fifth grade (tie): Claire Ortlieb and Pearson Gifford, both from Norwood Elementary (West Jefferson)
• Sixth grade: Arabella Porter from West Jefferson Middle School
• Seventh grade: Izzie Duffy from West Jefferson Middle School
• Eighth grade: Kolby Thoman from London Middle School.

Grade level winners of the oral portion of the Madison County Spelling Bee are: (from left) fifth-graders Pearson Gifford and Claire Ortlieb, both of Norwood Elementary; sixth-grader Arabella Porter of West Jefferson Middle School; seventh-grader Izzie Duffy of West Jefferson Middle School; and eighth-grader Kolby Thoman of London Middle School. Thoman was the overall winner of the oral spelling bee. Porter was the overall runner-up.

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